(02-02-2013, 02:27 PM)Sleepster Wrote: I was a college student in 1976 when the swine flu killed or seriously injured hundreds of Americans as a result of an inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus.
No it didn't. Typical news media fear mongering.
40 million Americans got the 1976 swine flu shot. There were a number of people who got the shot who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS.) Panic ensued.
After the fact, someone actually studied the numbers, and people who got the shot didn't necessarily get GBS any more often than the normal rate of GBS. The news media didn't bother to report that and still repeat the lies and misinformation about the swine flu fiasco.
There may have been about 500 cases of GBS and 25 GBS deaths among the 40,000,000 Americans who got the vaccine, which probably had nothing to do with the shot. Flu kills around 40,000 Americans per year.
The 1918 swine flu pandemic killed 1-3% of the population of the entire world. That would be 3-9 million deaths in the US alone. Other than vaccines, we don't have much better ways to fight the flu than they did in 1918. We may be actually be worse because of worldwide travel, and the fact that we aren't used to quarantines any more.
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